The National Landlords Association (NLA) is to contact all Local Authorities in the UK to press for Council Tax exemptions for landlords when their properties are vacant between tenancies.
Currently, the policies as to whether residential landlords are liable to pay Council Tax for their unoccupied properties between tenancies, differs between authorities across the UK.
The NLA is taking the initiative now as councils will soon to be drafting their budget proposals for the next financial year.
Involved in the campaign will be the NLA’s 37 regional representatives who operate across the UK, to bring the appeal to local level.
Carolyn Uphill, Chairman and former NLA representative for Manchester, says:
“We have to remember that landlords have a legal responsibility to ensure the home they provide is safe and fit to be occupied and often essential maintenance or even larger scale renovation work may be needed before the property is suitable for new tenants.
“We often hear that more should be done to improve the standard of private rented property, yet councils still insist on making landlords liable for Council Tax between tenancies which is simply another business cost that the landlord is faced...
“The NLA believe that councils must play their part by allowing a reasonable exemption period of Council Tax. This would demonstrate they are serious about encouraging better standards in the sector and mean landlords won’t rush to re let their properties without first ensuring they are up to scratch.”
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